There goes an old Wolof saying, roughly translated as follows. 'You can not sit on someone else's under because you will find it is already taken. You must sit on your own under.' (An under is an urn for herb and insense burning)
Maskanda means a virtuoso instrumentalist who plays traditional music on the Western instruments. Maskanda' was termed after the Afrikaans word ' musikante ' to mean musician. Many words in Zulu are adapted from Afrikaans such as (tafel).
Maskanda is music played by the man on the move. We used to say someone who was just walking playing his guitar was “umakikeleokwahe,” cutting it in his own way.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo are living the legacy sharing the heritage of isichatimiya music. They are from Kwa Zulu Natal and the teaching of the young generation, dedication and integrity has resulted in much success.
Marrabenta is the national musical symbol of the South of Mozambique. It was born post WW2 in a time of shared expression and urbanization, however with the civil war of the late 70s and other more recent problems such as “the price of commodities,” Marrabenta was nearly destroyed.
Writing functions as a form of communication and identity. Isibheqe is a new form of writing developed in Southern Africa. This form is growing with interest from linguists, artists and practitioners around the world.